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Data content standards

Government collects vast amounts of data every day.

Until now there hasn’t been one agreed format for government agencies to collect and record data, meaning the same information is collected and recorded in many different formats across government.

Data content standards establish a consistent way for collecting, describing, and recording different pieces of information across government (for example, date of birth or street address).

Government data content standards

As the lead agency for data, Stats NZ is working across government to co-design, develop, and implement short data content standards, tapping into specialised expertise. The Government Chief Data Steward (GCDS) has the authority to set mandatory standards across government.

Government Chief Data Steward

Co-designing data content standards across government

Register of government data content standards